Hawaii Republican state Rep. Bob McDermott is seeking to revise a taxpayer-funded public school sex education program that teaches 11-year-old children that the anus is a genital, and gay sex and having multiple sex partners are normal.
In his recently published review of the "Pono Choices" sex education program that is being taught in "at least 12 Hawaii public schools," McDermott argued that the program is being irresponsibly taught to "impressionable children" and said its inaccuracies need to be revised.
"Pono Choices, intended for young impressionable children, is clearly not age appropriate; it is inconsistent with state statues and policies. Any talk of anal sex — which the curriculum does frequently — is instinctively repulsive for pre-pubescent children," noted McDermott in the executive summary of his report. more >>
A 7-year-old girl has written to the Lego company, requesting the manufacturers make more "lego girl" minifigures that "go on adventures and have fun."
"All the girls did was sit at home, go to the beach, and shop, and they had no jobs, but the boys went on adventures, worked, saved people, and had jobs, even swam with sharks," 7-year-old Charlotte Benjamin wrote in a letter that has gone viral on social media. After the girl's father sent it to The Society Pages website, the group shared it on Twitter, where it found 2,542 "retweets" and 1,041 "favorites."
The United Kingdom's Education and Childcare Minister, Elizabeth Truss, warned that toys marketing science and math to boys may be turning girls off of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) at an early age, The Daily Mail reported. Truss called for an end to "segregation in toy departments," in order to broaden girls' horizons. more >>
Teen Mania Ministries, one of the largest Christian youth organizations in the United States, plans to expand their North American youth ministry to focus on international outreach efforts in hope of reaching 1.5 billion teens. The organization will also change their name to "Teen Mania International" to reflect their broader efforts and will move their headquarters from Garden City, Texas to Dallas by the end of 2014.
Known for its "Acquire the Fire" events where thousands of teenagers commit to stand up for their Christian beliefs and reject the influences of pop culture, Teen Mania will continue their work in the U.S. while aiming to influence teens worldwide to embrace Christ.
"As I traveled over the past several years, one question resonates with ministry leaders worldwide. I hear pleas of ministers saying things like, 'Our teens watch your media and listen to your music from America. They are more like American teens than our own culture. Can you help us reach them? Can you do a youth event here in our country?," said Ron Luce, president of Teen Mania, in a statement. more >>
On Super Bowl Sunday, NFL stars tweeted their support for the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," following the advice of a White House liaison, Kyle Lierman.
"Football fans, hope you're getting ready for Super Bowl XLVII, don't forget you can #getcovered at healthcare.gov," tweeted Brendon Ayanbadejo, former linebacker for last year's Super Bowl champs, the Baltimore Ravens. His first attempt only got 8 "retweets" and 5 "favorites."
Lierman, a White House Office of Public Engagement liaison, drafted that tweet and others, in an email to the NFL Players Association obtained by The Washington Free Beacon. "When folks tweet this out if they or you email me with their handle I can flag it for the @whitehouse and our other twitter handles to be retweeted, etc.," the liaison wrote. more >>
How often does the principal tell your kids to watch TV, play video games, and maybe – just maybe – read a book? I bet he sings it to "Bohemian Rhapsody" – every time!
"So everyone grab a snuggie and watch TV, or play the Wii, and maybe reeeeaaaad!" This hilarious video captures the joy of parents who get to keep their kids at home, and breaks the news to them in style.
It begins like any routine school announcement – "Hello, Stephen's parents! This is Mr. Detweiller" – but instead of the usual "school is closed tomorrow," the principal presents, "here it is, another entertaining school closing message." more >>
A Texas high school student came up with a T-shirt design to help his classmates express their faith after a teacher was forced to remove a poster with a Christian message from her classroom.
Cameron Franks, a senior at Rusk High School, says he was "torn up inside" after learning that the poster, which has a cross containing the text of Romans 1:16 on it, had been taken down. The teacher was asked to remove the sign after the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based organization that promotes the separation of church and state, sent a letter of complaint to the Rusk Independent School District (RISD).
Scott Davis, superintendent of RISD, told KTRE that "a teacher acting in that manner is in violation of the establishment clause" of the First Amendment. Davis also said, however, that he appreciates the positive way in which Franks has responded. more >>